Kenyan Women Deserve Better
Catholics for Choice and Reproductive Health Services Kenya beat government censors and called out President Obama for his lack of action on the Helms amendment by placing ads in Nairobi newspapers. The Helms Amendment is a cruel US policy that limits Kenyan women’s access to reproductive healthcare.Advertisements are scheduled to appear in three Kenyan newspapers: the East African Standard, the Daily Nation and The Nairobian. Catholics for Choice and Reproductive Health Services Kenya will continue to campaign in other ways for Obama to do the right thing and clarify the Helms policy.These advertisements appear after Kenyan government agents tore down our billboard, which was legally placed in a major Nairobi thoroughfare. Read more about the censored billboard.
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Catholics for Choice is participating in an ongoing campaign with other concerned non-governmental organizations calling for an end to the current implementation of Helms. On July 22, Catholics for Choice and 70 other domestic and international NGOs reiterated their concerns about it in a letter to President Obama..
Earlier this year, Catholics for Choice joined a diverse coalition of faith-based and other advocacy organizations from around the United States, as well as a rape survivor from Kenya, to urge President Obama to take immediate action to end the harsh implementation of the Helms Amendment. Read more.
Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, called out President Obama’s disappointing record on reproductive health.
Read more about the history and effects of the Helms Amendment in Conscience magazine.
The Washington Post calls Helms “an inhumane U.S. policy.”
Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, says the consequences of this policy are deadly.
Thirty-one national faith-based organizations have asked President Obama to take executive action to end the Helms Amendment.